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Old Yesterday, 07:14 PM   #1
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2015 200xcw headlight wired to battery question

Months ago I installed a Tusk enduro lighting kit (blinkers, horn, brake light) on my 2015 200xcw and connected the power wires direct to the battery. No issues, bike has been running normal. Recently I've connected the stock headlight wiring into the Tusk main on/off switch (which runs direct to the battery). The headlight now works without the bike running, just by flicking the main on/off Tusk handlebar switch. Does anyone foresee any issues with this now that the headlight is connected two power sources, the battery and the stator? I would assume the stator will continue to charge the battery as per normal process but electrical is not my strong suit. I'm concerned the headlight bulb may now get too much power and the bulb will blow. I'm hoping this is harmless as I prefer to control the headlight using the handlebar switch that controls all of the other lighting versus the stock headlight switch. Thanks in advance.
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Months ago I installed a Tusk enduro lighting kit (blinkers, horn, brake light) on my 2015 200xcw and connected the power wires direct to the battery. No issues, bike has been running normal. Recently I've connected the stock headlight wiring into the Tusk main on/off switch (which runs direct to the battery). The headlight now works without the bike running, just by flicking the main on/off Tusk handlebar switch. Does anyone foresee any issues with this now that the headlight is connected two power sources, the battery and the stator? I would assume the stator will continue to charge the battery as per normal process but electrical is not my strong suit. I'm concerned the headlight bulb may now get too much power and the bulb will blow. I'm hoping this is harmless as I prefer to control the headlight using the handlebar switch that controls all of the other lighting versus the stock headlight switch. Thanks in advance.
You're tying the bike's AC and DC circuits together. If you want to go with a DC powered light I would suggest a Trail Tech voltage regulator, converts the system entirely to DC and has an auto shutoff feature when the motor isn't running, Tying the two systems together in that way could and probably will have unintended results that may not show up immediately. I'm thinking damaging the battery or possibly the stator or voltage regulator. You should unhook the AC connection to the headlight if you really want to run it off the battery. Unfortunately that then wastes about 1/2 you stator's output. That's why I suggest the different regulator, it will use all the stators output to power the DC.
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You're tying the bike's AC and DC circuits together. If you want to go with a DC powered light I would suggest a Trail Tech voltage regulator, converts the system entirely to DC and has an auto shutoff feature when the motor isn't running, Tying the two systems together in that way could and probably will have unintended results that may not show up immediately. I'm thinking damaging the battery or possibly the stator or voltage regulator. You should unhook the AC connection to the headlight if you really want to run it off the battery. Unfortunately that then wastes about 1/2 you stator's output. That's why I suggest the different regulator, it will use all the stators output to power the DC.
Thanks. I'm thinking about rewiring the Tusk enduro kit to run off the stator. My only goal is to have the headlight turn on and off with the main handlebar on/off switch for the lighting kit. For now I'll put it back the way it was and come up with a better plan. Thanks again.

Jeff Slavens mentions in his video "how to instal grip heaters" that he wires the power into the voltage regulator so the power will turn on and off when the bike is running or not. But that must be an AC setup. If my Tusk enduro lighting kit is DC i would still need to convert to connect the headlight into the switch.
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